Tiger Teams


The concept of the tiger team came from the innovation of NASA to come up with systematic solutions to the technical problems. These teams first focused on testing computer security in assistance to the military and aerospace

The agile team is hired to determine if the security and data system of an organization would be hacked or accessed. If the work of the team is successful, the team leave messages or notes that says “busted” or “the code is stolen.

These teams are made up of experienced hackers who have wide experience and expertise in attack communication channels and remote networks. The teams are on once focused on spying but later turned in solving a large number of IT problems for persona and businesses.

What is it?

Defined as gathering of experts, these teams are hired to make the important purpose of doing a project or an event. They are commonly tasked to solve and investigate and come up with solutions to certain problems and situations. Here, the team is tested according to the agility, decision making skills, communications they would do to finish the work.

How to?

The work of the team could be considered as limitless. The team are tasked to gather information about a certain problems so that they would come up with the best solutions for it. The scope of the work they have to do could be big or small depending to the assignment given to them.

The tiger team is required to be a team for days or even years. At this point, the members might meet on a seldom or regular basis. However, in doing this, they still need to meet the requirements given to them so that powerful events would be created.

Practical Examples

There are several kinds of Tiger teams created and all of them proved to be valued assets in solving problems. A few examples of these teams are the Red Cell or also called as the NSA Cyber Defense Tiger Team. This team was made by National Security Agency.

Furthermore, NSA Engineering and Safety Center or NESC had made a program that comprises of tiger teams. These teams are made up of scientists and engineers who are assigned to NASA centers. Their job is to solve big complex problems.

Existed from 2009 to 2011, the Gray Team was hired to solve medical problems in the countries of Afghanistan and Iraq. The common problems that were solved were related to stress disorder and the injuries made to the brain as a result of trauma.

Common pitfalls

In order to make the projects successful, first process requires the root of the problem. However, since deadlines are met, the team hardly gets near to the root of the problem that sometimes result an unsuccessful results


The work of the tiger teams require the right scope, money and time. However certain criticisms reflect that the not all the requirements are met by the team.

Hence, there are certain cases that the work is completed but there is a lack of small information to make the results function faster.

— Slimane Zouggari